In quite a different mood was the Harvard hockey contingent which rolled out of the North Station at 8.30 o'clock yesterday evening on its annual Canadian invasion than the one of last year.
It will be remembered that at this time last year the Stubbsmen were undefeated on the eve of their departure to engage Montreal and McGill. They envisioned becoming the first winners of the International Intercollegiate Hockey League. Only McGill was able to prevent them from copping the championship.
Hope for Victory Over Queens
This year the team will be fortunate if they return with a victory over either Queens, whom they meet at Kingston tonight, or ever Toronto whom they face Saturday. Coach Dick Vaughan of Princeton, jubilant over Wednesday night's tie, didn't respect the Crimson's chances much after the game when he said, "I'll bet my bottom dollar Harvard gets scalped twice up there."
There was no special section of enthusiastic supporters to accompany the Crimson squad to Canada this year. Rather Coaches Joe Stubbs and Skeets Canterbury with fifteen players and four managers quietly departed in their sleeper in an atmosphere of gloom.
Crimson in Sixth Place
No special significance can now be attached to the Canadian trip, as the Stubbsmen are now buried in fifth place in the International League with little chance of considerably improving their position.
Even in the Quad League the Crimson's chances of retaining the championship were all but obliterated by the Princeton tie. They must win not only their three remaining games, but it is also essential that Dartmouth drop their two last games, one of which is against the Crimson.
Stubbs is taking the same fifteen players to Canada that dressed for the Princeton game.
Yardlings Face Indians
Smarting from a 6-2 defeat by Rindge Tech on Wednesday, the Yardling sextet will tackle the Dartmouth Freshmen at Hanover tonight. Coach Hodder will probably start Cox, Willetts, and Hulse in the line, Butt and Gray on defense, and Hanford in the net.